Nubar’s Going, Going Green in a Big Way

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Today the lovely (and friendly) Kelly of Vampy Varnish shares a review of Nubar’s new collection of green nail polishes for summer.



Nubar — if you haven’t heard of it yet, you’re about to! 🙂

Nubar has a huge array of nail polishes in various colors and finishes, everything from pale pink to orange to black, and finishes from creme to shimmer to glitter.

Beyond that, they’re also a responsible nail polish company, meaning that their polishes don’t contain the “Big 3” worst offending chemicals found in many brands of nail polish: DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde.

They’ve partnered with PETA and are now certified Vegan and Cruelty-Free, and their bottles will soon be branded with a logo to show their exciting new status.

To honor the accomplishment, Nubar has released the Going Green Collection of six, very different green polishes. For a lot of polish junkies, green is the *Holy Grail* of colors, and for a company to release six at once just blows the mind!!

The formula for this whole collection is really fabulous, as most Nubar’s tend to be. I didn’t have any streaking, bubbling, cuticle drag or any issues with these, and they were all done with two coats.



Holographic greens aren’t very common, and Reclaim is a gorgeous one. The color is a sort of muted grass green, and as you can see the rainbow effect is downright amazing.



Wildlife is a very interesting and strange color and, of course, turned out to be my favorite one!

It’s very hard to describe — like a khaki green duochrome that flashes gold and pink, depending on the lighting. It’s a shade you’ll either love or hate, and it’s definitely not for the color shy.



Conserve, a super flattering cool blue/green shimmer, is filled with silver and blue shimmer particles.



Forest is the only creme in the collection, and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s what I might call a forest green, one of very few great green cremes out there to choose from.



Earth doesn’t actually look like a typical green; it has a lot of blue and reminds me of the ocean, not the earth. It’s shimmery and completely amazing — my second favorite color in the collection.




Greener, a dark emerald green shimmer, is simply stunning. I love it! It’s one of those colors you apply on your nails and then cannot stop looking at!

So what do you guys think of Nubar Going Green? Are they on the right track?

The collection is available now, and you can find Nubar polishes for $7.49/each at 🙂

This post was written by Kelly of Vampy Varnish blog, one of the Net’s best sources for up-to-the-minute nail polish news, swatches and reviews. If you love pretty painted nails (and who doesn’t?), it’s the best! A long time MAC fan as well, she was 13 when she fell in love with makeup, wearing heavy black winged-out eyeliner and bright Smurf blue eyeshadow.


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  1. Lana says:

    Kelly, how do you get the borders of your nail polish so even? I often end up with paint all over my cuticles and tips of my fingers, which looks super great with dark colours !
    .-= Lana’s last blog post… Legislature Blossoms =-.

  2. Ann says:

    the applications look so smooth!! I have the same question as Lana!! I’m probably too conservative to try unless it’s halloween but they look amazing!

  3. marmar says:

    Lookin lovely!
    How do they hold up in terms of chipping/cracking. I’ve never tried any sort of “green” polish.
    .-= marmar’s last blog post… 25 Songs I would Rather Die W/O. =-.

  4. Lana & Ann – I have a little trick to clean my cuticles up. I have a small, soft paintbrush with a pointed tip I got at Michael’s for maybe $3.00. I dip it in remover and go around all the edges and it cleans it right up!

    Marmar – Nubar is really great quality, their polish definitely lasts longer than a lot of “cheaper” brands out there.
    .-= Vampy Varnish’s last blog post… Nubar Going Green Collection =-.

  5. Faye says:

    Your nails look great! I love Earth and Conserve.

  6. gio says:

    These are gorgeous! I love Earth and Greener!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Why are preservatives used in cosmetics? =-.

  7. Amanda says:

    awesome! what a timely post. 🙂 I’ve been drooling over all these swatches the last couple of weeks, and was planning to do my first ever nubar order today. I’m definitely getting reclaim. I get waffling on greener….

  8. Glosslizard says:

    Ooh, thanks for the review! I gotta get Reclaim and Greener!

  9. Patti says:

    can you only get these nail polishes online or is there a physical store I can go to? I’d rather test the polish first before buying to see if I will like it

  10. Hi Patti – As far as I know these are only found online, sorry!
    .-= Vampy Varnish’s last blog post… Nubar Going Green Collection =-.

  11. Briana says:

    Love greener! I wanted a grad dress in that exact color but couldn’t find one the year I gradded… The next year they were everywhere of course lol.
    Great review!
    .-= Briana’s last blog post… WOWIE I ACTUALLY POSTED STUFF!! =-.

  12. Catherine says:

    WOW – Wildlife is gorgeous! I think it’s a fab fall color too!
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… I’m Back! Mail! =-.

  13. Stef says:

    Kelly, you are my nail polish hero! Every time I see your nails I get inspired to clean up my ratty ones. I’m loving wildlife and forest from this collection. Nubar is a great green company, good to know they just got better!
    .-= Stef’s last blog post… YouTube week – The Phenomenons =-.

  14. Aisha says:

    omg I love reclaim and wildlife! I’ve never seen colors like that before. thanks so much for the post!! 🙂

  15. cnyspagirl says:

    LOVE! LOVE the color of Wildlife.
    .-= cnyspagirl’s last blog post… Massage Heights offers spa treatments inspired by the Mojito =-.

  16. Allilanta says:

    Hey Karen! Couldn’t help but notice how experimental you are about color! I just have one question, because my skin is quite dark for someone from eastern Asia (curse the sun and my need to be outside during the summer), and now all my polishes from winter don’t match my skin tone! I’m hoping to get a few more colors for my new skin tone and wanted your advice! You must have tried so many polishes, and I’d love your help! What bright, poppin’ colors should I try out?

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